Another fun activity for young kids in Kyoto is the Sagano Scenic Railway. This old fashioned train is open--no roof or windows, which adds the excitement, as well as being optimal for viewing the beautiful scenery.
The train travels up, and through (lots of tunnels!), the mountainside, and alongside a big river. It was also nice and cool feeling the fresh air, and the mountain was absolutely gorgeous.
We finally reached Sagano, a little country town nestled in the mountains. And to greet us at the train station was a funny little family of "raccoon dogs"!